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Danai Gurira On Her 'Black Panther' Role: 'She Protects What We Would Have Been'

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 4:21pm

The actress plays warrior Okoye in the new film. "The thing that really connected me ... was her love and her loyalty to this thing called Wakanda, this nation that was never colonized," she says.

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Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:08am

The Tony-Award-winning actress, the latest to play the titular role of Dolly Levi on Broadway, describes what she brought to an enduring musical.

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'Piecing Me Together' Novelist Says She Writes To Help Kids Feel Seen

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:08am

Renée Watson won the Coretta Scott King Award for her novel about a black student at a mostly white private school.

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Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:08am

Disney Channel's new high school zombie musical; The Walking Dead's ratings reign; the buzz for the new book Dread Nation: In pop culture, the undead persist after our brains.

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In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:05am

Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel follows the spiritually receptive student, Ada. The author pulls from her own experience with what she says "is like a cloud of selves that are shifting."

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Not My Job: 'X-Files' Star David Duchovny Gets Quizzed On Famous Exes

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 6:37am

The actor, whose trademark role recently returned to TV, answers three questions about tumultuous public divorces.

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Only The Mad Will Make It In The World Of 'The Chateau'

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 6:00am

Paul Goldberg's new book starts with the death of a famous plastic surgeon — the Butt God of Miami Beach — and never slows down, mining drama, betrayal and crime from a Miami condo board election.

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Is Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren Out Of Touch With America?

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:18pm

Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan pulled no punches nor spared no adjectives in describing Ralph Lauren's spring collection. She thinks the celebrated American designer is out of touch with what's been going on in American culture.

How D'Wayne Edwards Became A Sneaker Legend

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:18pm

D'Wayne Edwards created the Pensole Footwear Design Academy to try and diversify the sneaker business. Edwards was one of the first black designers in the business and created the academy, in part, because of how difficult it was for him to get started.

A Town In Mexico Sees Guitar Sales Soar After The Movie 'Coco'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:01pm

The town of Paracho is celebrating after its onetime resident helped design the guitar featured in the hit Disney-Pixar movie, and now it can't keep up with orders for the instrument.

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'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 3:21pm

Ruth Carter is the costume designer for the Marvel's Black Panther movie. She talks about how she grounded the movie's futuristic look in the history and traditions of tribes from all over Africa.

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How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And The Oscar-Nominated 'Big Sick'

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:00pm

Comic Kumail Nanjiani didn't think of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon until he saw her in a coma. The couple co-wrote a romantic comedy based on the story. Originally broadcast July 12, 2017.

It's Element-ary

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

We polled audiences at The Bell House on a variety of questions and averaged their responses. That collective wisdom goes up against one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. Whose estimate is closer?

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It's Party Time

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

Identify the occasion that Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the original song or artist he's parodying.

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The Mandela Effect

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

We ask questions about popular instances of the Mandela Effect, and contestants dive into their memories in order to sort fact from fiction.

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Lola Kirke: Mozart In The Puzzle

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

Lola Kirke talks about "fake playing" the oboe on 'Mozart in the Jungle,' and portraying one of the only woman conductors on television. Then we challenge her to a game about real and fake operas.

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Other Pet Sounds

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a chipmunk? In this audio quiz, contestants must guess what animal is responsible for the sound in each clip.

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Late Starts

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

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An American Marriage: Redefining The American Love Story

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:00am

Tayari Jones' new novel tells a story of love, race, justice and what happens when "normal" people come face-to-face with the unthinkable.

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